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Maldives president appreciates Sri Lanka's stand

(Xinhua)

14:26, February 23, 2012

COLOMBO, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- Maldivian President Mohamed Waheed Hassan sent a letter to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa appreciating the neutral stand Sri Lanka has taken on the Maldives issue, a Maldivian official said on Thursday.

The letter was handed over to the Sri Lankan president through Maldivian Vice President Mohamed Waheeduddin who is on a visit to Sri Lanka, Ananda Kumarasiri, an advisor to the Maldivian government told Xinhua.

He said that both Sri Lanka and the Maldives enjoy strong ties and President Rajapaksa was very supportive of the new Maldivian government.

Meanwhile speaking to reporters in Colombo on Wednesday the Maldives High Commissioner in Colombo, Hussain Shihab, said that the visit of the Maldivian vice president to Sri Lanka was part of a courtesy call being made by the new Maldives government.

He said that with Sri Lanka being the closest neighbor of the Maldives it was only appropriate that a top Maldivian official meets the Sri Lankan president following the appointment of a new government.

Sri Lanka had given refuge to the family of former Maldivian President Mohommad Nasheed after violence broke out in the capital Male with the resignation of Nasheed as President.

Rajapaksa had also spoken to Nasheed over the telephone after it was reported that he was injured during the violence in Male.

Nasheed had told reporters that he was forced to resign and is demanding an early presidential election, a call supported by the international community.

The Maldives government has agreed to appoint a commission to investigate Nasheed's claims on the transition of power.

Ananda Kumarasiri meanwhile said that the situation in the Maldives has now improved and the country was calm.

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By the time Nasheed and his people know what personal freidnship he has (had) with them????
  

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